Smart Football?

The last touchdown of the game erased the fact this was a downright mediocre offensive game plan against UCLA.
But the justification of “competing” on that last score also defies the idea of playing smart football.
An incomplete pass on that play stops the clock and allows UCLA to save a timeout.
An interception gives them the ball back without wasting any more of their timeouts. What if the interception were returned for a touchdown? Then UCLA’s ridiculous offense, which had no chance to score 14 points in the final minute, might be asked to score just once if the Bruins recovered an on-side kick.
The point is even if something bad happens only 1 in 1,000 times by calling that play-action pass, if you down the football three times, nothing bad happens in 1,000 times.
And we saw for nearly four quarters how risk-averse Jeremy Bates and Co. were.
But since that play gives fans a taunting opportunity over an arch-rival, no one will care that playing smart got thrown out the window.

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